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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Which Pat Quinn accomplishment is your personal favorite? on: Today at 08:53:03 am
A tie between procuring $1.1 billion for high-speed rail Illinois and signing the bill to allow gay marriage in Illinois
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: Today at 07:19:50 am
The fact that people even run for President two years out from an election is a grand indictment of our electoral system.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: When will Hillary announce her 2016 plans? on: Today at 07:15:01 am
I'm guessing either at the end of this year or in early 2015.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Are there any candidates who are “wackos, weirdos and witches”? Senate 2014 on: September 15, 2014, 01:20:29 pm
Chris McDaniel was pretty out there in his views, but we don't have to worry about him anymore since Thad Cochran won the primary election.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Fall of the House of Kerry on: September 15, 2014, 12:58:01 pm
Looks pretty good so far! BTW, how bad did the 2006 midterms turn out for the Democrats?
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the preceding election? on: September 14, 2014, 06:06:33 am
Roosevelt

1962 US Senate race in Alabama (Lister Hill vs James Martin).
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: do you use ms access on: September 13, 2014, 11:04:52 am
I had to use Microsoft Access for one assignment in my computer class back in the Fall of 2012.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: September 11, 2014, 08:18:57 pm
Here's an excellent post that is unfortunately only of interest to record collectors such as myself:
Cylinders did have the advantage of having a constant linear speed as the needle went over the groove.  Platters didn't have that, so the sound quality degraded as one neared the center.  Indeed, because of that, there were a few disc recordings where it was considered important that the sound quality be at its best at the end of the record rather than the beginning that were recorded with the groove starting at the label and working out to the edge instead of the usual starting at the edge.  Of course, platters are far more convenient and the otherwise unusable center space gave a place for a label to identify the record when it was on the machine out of its container.  (Incidentally, the term "canned music" was coined in reference to the "cans" cylindrical records came in.)  Still, it wasn't until the sound quality of discs improved to the point that most people couldn't hear the difference that discs overtook cylinders in popularity.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of people who purchase vinyl records nowadays on: September 11, 2014, 08:15:08 pm
I wouldn't be surprised to learn that a group of retrophile hipsters existed during heyday of 20s jazz who went around insisting that the hollow phonograph cylinders were the only way to go, and that all the modern jazz records are just soulless garbage devoid of ritual or pleasure.

Cylinders did have the advantage of having a constant linear speed as the needle went over the groove.  Platters didn't have that, so the sound quality degraded as one neared the center.  Indeed, because of that, there were a few disc recordings where it was considered important that the sound quality be at its best at the end of the record rather than the beginning that were recorded with the groove starting at the label and working out to the edge instead of the usual starting at the edge.  Of course, platters are far more convenient and the otherwise unusable center space gave a place for a label to identify the record when it was on the machine out of its container.  (Incidentally, the term "canned music" was coined in reference to the "cans" cylindrical records came in.)  Still, it wasn't until the sound quality of discs improved to the point that most people couldn't hear the difference that discs overtook cylinders in popularity.
I noticed that type of distortion as well to a point on some of the 78RPM records that I have from the accoustic recording era and the early electric recording era. On many of mine, it almost sounds like a swooshing sound. From what I can tell, many record labels did not solve that issue until well into the 1930s, but by that point in time, the production of cylinder recordings was pretty much over (I believe that the last cylinder recordings were issued by Edison records in mid-1929).

On a side note, I noticed that many of my 78RPM records from the late 1950s (around the time that they were finally phased out) sound a whole lot better than their 45RPM counterparts. Several examples of records that I have from the late 1950s that sound better on 78s than on 45s are "Twilight Time" by The Platters, "Little Star" by The Elegants, "Tonight Tonight" by The Mello-Kings, "Walking After Midnight" by Patsy Cline and "Johnny B Goode" by Chuck Berry. By that time those songs were released, the 78RPM format was basically over for the most part, with the exception of jukebox operators and the small number of people who still had older phonograph equipment built prior to the introduction of LP's and 45's in 1948 and 1949.
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Has anyone actually watched the beheading videos? on: September 10, 2014, 07:29:57 pm
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Eisenhower or McGovern? on: September 10, 2014, 06:55:18 am
Even though I like McGovern a lot and admire him, I feel that he would have ended up as a one-termer if he was elected in 1972 due to the poor economy. Furthermore, I feel that the Republicans would have regained both houses of Congress in 1974 if McGovern was elected.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary vs. Generic R on: September 09, 2014, 02:32:16 pm
Dark Blue: Safe Republican
Light Blue: Lean Republican
Grey: Tossup
Light Red: Lean Democrat
Dark Red: Safe Democrat
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would George Wallace have signed the Civil Rights Act? on: September 09, 2014, 01:54:29 pm
1958 George Wallace? Maybe. Post-1958 Wallace? Lol.
I even doubt that the George Wallace of 1958 would have signed it into law to be honest with you.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1992 Presidential Election on: September 09, 2014, 01:48:37 pm
Crazy Uncle Ross!
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What is Jeb Bush's base? on: September 09, 2014, 09:56:18 am
I guess that Jeb Bush shares the same part of the Republican base as Chris Christie, John Huntsman and (to some extent) Scott Walker, which is the "moderate" establishment faction of the Republican Party. In contrast, Rand Paul represents the Libertarian faction, Ted Cruz represents the Tea Party/True Conservative faction and Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee represent the Christian Right faction of the Republican Party.

In 2016, I feel that the Tea Party/True Conservative faction of the Republican Party will ultimately triumph in the primary election for President.
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Zephyr Teachout on: September 09, 2014, 09:49:26 am
If Zephyr Teachout ends up defeating Andrew Cuomo in today's primary election and then goes on to win the New York gubernatorial elections this year and again in 2018, she could very well be a top choice for the Democratic nomination in 2020 or '24 depending in her record as governor or the national political climate. If she loses today's primary, then her political career is likely over however.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What avatar color and state would best fit the preceding poster? on: September 08, 2014, 04:23:28 pm

18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Final Predictions for the NY Gov./Lt. Gov. Primaries (9/9/14) on: September 08, 2014, 01:49:52 pm
Cuomo: 64%
Teachout: 34%
Credico: 2%

Hochul: 54%
Wu: 46%
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Post random maps here on: September 08, 2014, 01:41:07 pm
2012: Dixie Begins


√ Barack Obama (D-IL) / Joe Biden (D-DE) {Democrat} EV=374
Mitt Romney (R-MA) / Paul Ryan (R-WI) {Republican} EV=93
Jeff Sessions (DX-AL) / Louis Gohmert (DX-TX) {Dixiecrat} EV=71

Does Obama win MS, GA and SC due to the GOP and Dixiecrat tickets splitting the white vote?

Also, I think Sessions would win those states before he won NC.
That's what I think as well. I feel that Obama would end up carrying North Carolina and Jeff Sessions would have an edge in South Carolina. In addition, a split white vote might have been enough to flip Missouri, Kentucky and Texas to Obama's way, albeit barely.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: people you miss on: September 08, 2014, 01:29:18 pm
I miss Barfbag, Opebo, PolitiJunkie and TX Conservative Dem and wish I was around when StatesRights, PBrunsel and John Engle were active on the forum.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: opinion of (tgi) fridays on: September 08, 2014, 01:26:02 pm
I went to it one time and it wasn't that bad at all.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Cuomo v. Teachout on: September 06, 2014, 08:33:54 pm
Teachout would easily beat the Republican if she somehow won the nomination, so there should be no worries about that.
Teachout would probably still get over 60% of the vote against the Republican candidate if she ends up beating Cuomo.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do you remember this commercial? on: September 06, 2014, 03:35:47 pm
I don't remember this exact commercial, but I did see similar ones buried on old VHS tapes from the 1980s and 1990s when I was growing up.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum House District Map on: September 06, 2014, 09:01:59 am
NJ-6
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: September 05, 2014, 12:27:56 pm
African American voters have Stockholm Syndrome, and Democrats are incredibly proud for the psychological disease they have engendered in the minority community.

That said, Ted Cruz's dad to learn that Republicans talk a big game, but when it comes down to brass tacks, they are usually willing to go so far as to cut the top marginal tax rate by 2%. My God, how can the middle class not worship Republicans?
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